Fire and Rescue

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00AM-4:30PM M-F
12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Fire & Rescue Department
Fairfax County

Frequently Asked Questions


Hiring is dependent on projected vacancies occurring over the course of a year

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

There is no residential requirement.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and there is no maximum age.

If hired, you must be eligible to work in the US.

It can take 6 months or longer to complete the application process. 

Log in to your Government Jobs account to check the status of your application. 

No, completing the application process does not guarantee a job offer. 

No, there is no penalty. You will be eligible to reapply for new entry into the Application Process immediately.

Six months.

Approximately 50 pounds total. Gear weighs approximately 30 pounds and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus weights about 20 pounds.

Yes, firefighters may apply for paramedic school upon completion of the probationary year.

Personal History Questions

No, it is required with the PHS.

If applicable, it is required with the PHS.

List the information on the PHS; charges determine eligibility.

No certifications are required to apply for the Firefighter/EMT position.

Log into your Government Jobs account and update your master profile. 

We only accept driving records from a state DMV and your name must appear on the driving record.

Note: Do not use a third-party website to request your driving record. 


No, it must be an original, copies are not accepted. 

Current and dated after you applied.  

No, driving records from each state in which you had a license for the past 10 years. 

  • Provide an accurate estimate with month and year.
  • Remember, all information provided in the PHS is used during your polygraph evaluation.
  • All information disclosed in this document is investigated.
  • It is imperative that questions are answered completely and truthfully.

  • You must provide a number for the times you have used/sold.  Do not put “a lot”, “a few,” “I don’t know,” etc.
  • To the best of your ability, estimate the last date you used or sold.  All dates must include a month and a year.

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.  

State that clearly and legibly on your Employment Reference Tracking Sheet next to the employer’s name. 

State that clearly and legibly on your Employment Reference Tracking Sheet next to the employer’s name. 

The name of your supervisor.

Enter Human Resources Department in the “Attention To” box.

Email your new employment contact information to

  • Before mailing make a copy of your PHS and any related documents for your records.
  • Retain a copy of the return request receipt with the tracking number and date.

Written Test and Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

Yes, if within the last 12 months of your most recent application date.

No, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department does not accept written exam scores from other departments.

Driver’s license and the confirmation email showing the applicant’s identification number.


Within one week.

No, you will receive an email notification of the next step.

  • Yes, if you have taken PAT within 12 months from an IAFF certified facility.
  • You will be exempt from taking PAT for this process, contingent on the certificate being verified with the jurisdiction.
  • Applicants must submit the PAT Certificate to

Polygraph and Medical Exam

Within four weeks an email notification is sent with the status.

Completing the exam means there were no deceptions indicated during the exam; however, you can be disqualified if you did not meet employment standards established by the Fire and Rescue Department.

For further information, contact the Public Safety Occupational Health Center (PSOHC)

at 703-246-4949.

It may take several weeks, the PSOHC will mail your rating classification and lab results.


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